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Rugged Janus
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Rugged Janus
PIA 10417

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  Craters large and small cover the rugged surface of Saturn's moon Janus.

This view looks toward the southern hemisphere of Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across). The moon's south pole is at center.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 26, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 930 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 186,000 kilometers (115,000 miles) from Janus and at a Sun-Janus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 83 degrees. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: July 3, 2008 (PIA 10417)
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